Author Archives: David Johnson

FLEX N GATE WORKERS FIGHT FOR HEALTH, LIVING WAGES AND JUSTICE IN URBANA ILLINOIS

CENTRAL ILLINOIS JOBS WITH JUSTICE FLEX N GATE WORKERS FIGHT FOR HEALTH, LIVING WAGES AND JUSTICE IN URBANA ILLINOIS WHY A BILLIONAIRE CANT AFFORD SAFETY EQUIPMENT OR LIVING WAGES ? Billionaire Shahid Kahn, owner of Flex N Gate Incorporated, manafactures bumpers for the … Continue reading

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Judi Bari, the IWW and Environmentalism

As we celebrate Earth Day and enjoy the flush of spring, it is important to reflect on those who have made invaluable contributions to the continuing efforts at protecting our environment and our rights. Judi Bari is one such individual … Continue reading

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The Legacy Of The 1999 WTO “Battle Of Seattle” On Champaign-Urbana

During the late summer and early fall of 1999, I saw a multitude of e-mails and postings on the relatively new internet, from numerous citizens’ organizations and individuals, indicating their plans to go to Seattle in November to protest the … Continue reading

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The Working Class Strikes Back

On Friday Dec. 5th 2008, an event occured on the near-north side of Chicago that sent a chill up the spine of corporate America and inspired working people around the world. A small factory of 200 workers refused to go … Continue reading

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MAY DAY 1886 AND THE EIGHT-HOURDAY MARTYRS

During the summer of 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades called for May 1st 1886 to be the beginning of a nationwide movement for the eight-hour work day. Both state of Illinois and federal employees were already covered by an … Continue reading

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James Connolly

Born Seamas O’Conghaile on June 5th 1868, Connolly is one of the single most important persons in the history of Ireland in the last 100 years. Born and raised in Edinburgh Scotland to Irish immigrant parents, he joined the British … Continue reading

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